I was a huge fan of the CBS military legal-crime procedural NCIS long before it became cool to like the show. So, you can imagine how thrilled I am to report that Sasha Alexander, an original regular on the series and a two-time guest star on Dark Blue, has just been cast in the second lead role in the TNT pilot Rizzoli.
Alexander is set to portray medical examiner Maura Isles, alongside Law & Order alumna Angie Harmon, who was just selected to play the lead character Detective Jane Rizzoli. As in the popular series of Rizzoli mystery novels by Tess Gerritsen, the women work together in Boston to solve homicides.
Also landing roles recently in the crime-drama pilot are Bruce McGill (MacGyver) as Jane’s former partner Detective Vince Korsak, Lee Thompson Young (FlashForward) as Jane’s latest partner Barry Frost, and Jordan Bridges (Conviction) as Jane’s younger brother Franke Rizzoli Jr., a patrol officer in Boston who aspires to become a detective just like his beloved big sister.
Is this potential series looking good or what?!